Music therapy is an established health profession which uses the medium of music, in a therapeutic relationship with your child.

It helps to address individual physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs. Music therapy is based on the belief that we can all respond to and appreciate music, despite disability or illness. We provide music therapy to address this as well as organising group music-making sessions.

In one-to-one sessions our therapists use music and their voices to respond to the child at their level. Interactions are led by the child and during the sessions, the child has the freedom to express themselves in whatever way they can, with the therapists responding to any cues in a sensitive and validating manner.

Music therapy is also available to young people with cancer and siblings of Haven House children, where song writing and composition can be used for self-expression and as a safe outlet to explore emotions.

Music therapy gives us quality family time and is something we all look forward to each week. It’s fun and easy to be part of, yet so beneficial for Kai and with guidance from Maeve we all gain a better understanding and knowledge. It isn't just a family event it’s a chance to learn and help Kai grow.

The Amy Winehouse sibling support project - The Dark Clouds Fade Away at Haven House

Amy Winehouse Studios

Music Therapist, Maeve Rigney, explains: The Amy Winehouse Foundation has been a long-standing supporter of Music Therapy at Haven House and Mitch Winehouse kindly offered us the chance to use the Amy's Yard studio in Islington. Six siblings of children who use or have used Haven House took part in a song-writing project, facilitated by myself, music therapist Aimee Egan and music therapy assistant David Bacon.

The group shared their feelings and in depth discussions started about what life is like having a brother or sister who uses the hospice. The group decided that the song should be about Haven House and seeing the world through the eyes of their brother or sister. All of the children were really excited to be there and over the hours, we saw them grow in confidence, develop strong relationships and have a really good time.

This project provided a positive and unique experience for this group, friendships blossomed and they were all very proud of what they achieved. There were many benefits for our siblings and sharing their thoughts, feelings and ideas with those in a similar situation is extremely important and beneficial and can reduce isolation and promote emotional well being.

Thank you so much for the experience. Charlie really enjoyed it. Even after 17 years of living this 'special' life, there are still moments that take me off guard. Reading the lyrics and looking at the children moved me to tears today. I was truly touched. Thank you so much for what you're doing.

Tracy Sams

Listen to our song - The Dark Clouds Fade Away at Haven House



Amy Winehouse Studios


To find out more about music therapy please contact:

Maeve Rigney
Music Therapist
020 8506 3765